Why I Write The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls
By M. J. Thomas
It started with my son’s book report. I went on a search to find something for my nine-year-old son, Peter, to read. As a father and Christ-follower, I wanted a book that would help him discover the Bible and grow in faith. So I did what a lot of parents have done—I browsed through my local Christian bookstore. I found a trove of story Bibles, but they were targeting an audience too young for Peter. I found several Bible studies and devotionals, but they were too adult.
Next I looked through Peter’s book report list from his Christian school. I found good literature, fiction, and biographies, but I couldn’t find anything that had the right balance of faith, adventure, and education. Undeterred, I took my search to Barnes & Noble. When I made my way to the children’s section, I thought I had hit pay dirt. There were scores of books and series created with children like Peter in mind. There were books about magic tree houses, funny kids, Greek gods, superheroes in underpants, and wizard schools—anything and everything the imagination could conceive. But none of those books contained the gospel-centered truth I was looking for.
After searching extensively and knowing that Peter wouldn’t be young forever, I talked to him about my dilemma. He simply said, “Why don’t you just write one?” It was hard to argue with that logic. So I decided to write the book I was looking for—a book that would help him discover the Bible and grow in faith with a story that would be as fun and captivating as all the other series his friends were reading.
One night, I picked up the freshly written story and started reading to Peter. Just a few pages in, Peter was on the edge of his seat. It was well past bedtime, and Peter wanted to find out what happened next. After a few nights of this, Peter easily grasped lessons about the Bible and God. When the last page was turned, Peter immediately said, “When are you going to finish the next one?” That is how The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls began. In case you were wondering, he got an A on his book report.
It’s our privilege as parents to partner with God as we help our children grow in faith. In this age of smartphones, apps, media, and other distractions, it’s becoming more and more difficult to share the amazing stories and truth found in the Bible with our children. I don’t think we mean to hide the truth from them; life just comes at us so quickly.
Between the ages of 6 and 10, our children’s imaginations are flourishing and they are excited about reading. We don’t want to miss this small window of opportunity to speak truth from God’s Word into their lives. We must be loving, intentional, and creative as we walk with our children on this journey.
It’s my hope that this generation will learn to trust God just like the brave believers who have come before us. May we join the Psalmist when he wrote:
“I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children;
we will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord,
about his power and his mighty wonders . . .
So each generation should set its hope anew on God.”
—Psalm 78:2–7 (NLT)
My Prayer for Your Family
May God bless your family and fill you with a love for His word. May God give you wisdom and creativity as you help your children discover the Bible and grow in faith. May God continue the good work He has started in your family until Jesus returns.
More About The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls is a time-travel adventure series helping children (ages 6–9) discover the Bible and grow in faith. Your child will join Peter, Mary, and their dog Hank as they discover mysterious scrolls that transport them back in time into the stories of the Bible. The books take young readers on daring adventures and help them experience the Bible in an exciting, engaging way. The first two books in the series, The Beginning and Race to the Ark, are now available online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, and can be found in many local bookstores. Book 3: The Great Escape will release on April 3, 2018.